Khichdi – Bengali Style


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Bengali-style khichdi is aromatic and also laden with veggies and dal. In short, it is a flavoursome and power-packed meal. The use of crushed spices instead of whole or powdered ones brings about a significant change in the recipe – you will notice it when you prepare the khichdi.

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Makes 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 cup rice (chawal) , soaked and drained
1/2 cup masoor dal (split red lentil)
3 tbsp ghee
2 bayleaves (tejpatta)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 tsp ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup french beans , cut into 1” pieces
6 to 7 small onions , peeled
4 to 5 baby potatoes , peeled
2 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
salt to taste

To Be Ground Into A Coarse Powder
4 cloves (laung / lavang)
2 cardamoms
50 cinnamon (dalchini)

Method
  1. Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the bayleaves and the prepared powder and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  2. Add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, rice and masoor dal, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add 3½ cups of hot water, green peas, french beans, onions, potatoes, green chillies and salt, mix well and cook on a slow flame for atleast 20 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve hot.
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